The Construction Specifications Institute announced that it has acquired Building Systems Design, Inc. The acquisition provides for BSD’s current management and employees to remain in place, and BSD will continue as a separate, for-profit enterprise.
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
announced that it has acquired Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD). The
acquisition provides for BSD’s current management and employees to remain in
place, and BSD will continue as a separate, for-profit enterprise.
founded more than 60 years ago by volunteers dedicated to the mission of
improving communication between all members of the construction project team.
CSI has been the driving force in the creation of industry standards and formats
used in the production of building construction specifications and other
construction documentation including: MasterFormat, SectionFormat,
UniFormat, and OmniClass.
In recent years, to better address the needs
of its members and the construction community, CSI has increased its focus on
creating practice tools that improve communication and the development of
construction documentation in day-to-day construction work. The acquisition of
BSD is the next logical step in providing useful products that advance CSI’s
mission and improve how construction is done by individual practitioners and in
firms around the world.
BSD was founded in 1983 to produce cost estimating
software for use on personal computers, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as
its first client. In 1996, BSD launched the initial version of BSD SpecLink, an
automated specification writing system that is now in its third generation as
BSD SpecLink-E. The company recently introduced BSD LinkMan-E, a product that
links SpecLink with the industry’s leading building information modeling (BIM)
software, Autodesk’s Revit. Plans include extending LinkMan’s interoperability
to BSD CostLink-E, a new generation cost estimating product that is now in
“Master specifications software has proven to be a valuable tool
for firms and individual practitioners in improving their productivity and the
quality of their construction documents,” CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter
Marlowe, P.E., CSI, CAE, said. “As the industry increasingly moves to adopt
software tools and electronic project communications, CSI needs to be involved
in the creation of standards that enable greater efficiency in information
transfer, data interoperability and improved construction documentation. CSI
also must provide better access for our members to software that utilizes those
BSD CEO John R. Witherspoon said he is “gratified” that an
organization as prestigious as CSI has recognized the value of BSD’s practice
tools through its investment in the company.
relationship will also enable us to offer an exceptional array of benefits to
CSI’s membership, including special discounts on BSD products and improved
access to educational opportunities,” he said.
CSI will continue to develop
and maintain industry standards in an open and inclusive manner, using
consensus-based processes. All interested industry organizations will continue
to have access to CSI’s intellectual property, serve on CSI committees and task
teams, and license CSI’s formats for use in their products.
CSI Acquires BSD
November 4, 2010